- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Westholme Publishing; 1st edition (May 5, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594161054
- ISBN-13: 978-1594161056
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,286,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Turtle: David Bushnell's Revolutionary Vessel 1st Edition
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About the Author
ROY R. MANSTAN is a mechanical engineer and former Command Diving Officer of the NUWC. He has degrees from Lafayette College, the University of Connecticut, and Connecticut College. FREDERIC J. FRESE is a technical arts teacher at Old Saybrook High School. He received his teaching degree from Central Connecticut State University
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This book is a wonderful history of the development of the first practical attempt to use a submarine for a military attack during the American Revolution.
I was drawn to read this book because of my interest in American history and because of my interest in the history of southeastern Connecticut in particular. Although I do not live in that area, I have been there numerous times. I have a good knowledge of the area history but only previously had a general knowledge of Bushnell's work on the Turtle.
The two authors are very familiar with the area around Old Saybrook, the scene of most of the book. One is a retired commanding diving officer, the other a high school technical teacher. They, bring a wealth of knowledge and research to this task. Not only did they want to know all about the Turtle but to construct an exact replica. They describe in detail their historical research and bring their vast technical expertise to the project. They made great efforts to view the details as they would have been assessed during the Revolution.
This book will be enjoyed by readers interested in Revolutionary War history, submarines, naval history, and students of mechanical technology. Of course it will also be appreciated by those interested in the history of southeastern Connecticut.
The book then documents how the team designed the replica to be as representative as possible of the original, including how it would be operated and employed. Building of the replica was next, then they tested it and assessed the results. Finally the book describes the actual sorties of the Turtle based upon the primary sources and what the team found to be the likely performance abilities and limits.
Overall a most interesting and informative book. Recommended for the more serious student of American or naval history.